Sky Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Retention = HELL!

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    Former Employee - Sales Adviser Retentions in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Adviser Retentions in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Sky full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Sky.
    Good training.
    Decent wage.
    Good comission (if you can ever achieve targets! )

    Cons

    Under a lot of pressure.
    Hard targets to achieve.
    Co-workers in cliques.
    Customer's can be extremely difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put so much pressure to sell and upsell to customers who are looking to cancel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. Its like working with a big family, you can't always choose them!

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    Current Employee - CSM in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - CSM in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Sky

    Pros

    Benefits are great, as well as the opportunity to really make a difference for our customers.

    Cons

    Constant threat of redundancies for departments caving in. Salary not all too great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct a salary review. I'm a manager and I make less than most.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Terrible first year experience

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This place is good for starters and beginners. Free sky TV package is a plus. Charmers and sweet talkers can flourish in this muddy environment. Your work will be greatly appreciated by your manager(s) and repackaged as their original thought and work to senior managements. This showcase of work spirals all the way to the upper levels. Above all sympathy beggars can really raise the ladders of management quickly if you know how to have your manager in your pocket.

    The company will survive because of the entertainment industry segment BSkyB is into.

    Cons

    Forget about earning your place by hard-work. Forget about reasoning and non-partiality. Forget about gaining expertise for your work will be limited to run-of-the-mill type chores. Forget about individuality because as soon as you bring in some original thought, it will be plagiarised endlessly with no credit to you. Most managers are past their peaks and have nowhere else to go, so they are stuck. They will make sure you don't go anywhere also within BskyB.

    Beware of the 'Technology' division that operates out of Scotland. Rampant favouritism is the key distinguisher of this unit. They rank low in the internal people survey scores. They will establish teams to listen to your problems. These teams are just there to listen to your rants if you bother to. A report will be produced out of these action meetings. A sub-team will be established to act on those findings. They will certainly 'act'. Nothing will change. You will be frustrated. The cycle will continue endlessly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's been a year in this company for me and I have a great lesson on how not to be good manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Find another place to work if you want to grow in your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company has a market appeal of a good employer. Nice place to spend some nice time without any bother of career progression if that's your cup of tea.

    Cons

    Outward appearances last only for a few months of joining this place. You will quickly start to realise the internal 'gangwars' and favouritism. 'Use and throw' should be BSkyb's motto. Even the seating arrangements are more suited for farm-house cattle than humans: so densely packed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean-up the technology divison's management. They spend time talking about their own achievements during team briefings :(

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    If your face fits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Sky full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people, excellent benefits. Some hard-working, intelligent people who cared.

    Cons

    If your face fits, you will go far in this company. If you have a good manager then you are stored, but there are a lot of managers that have been there for years, part of the wood work and they don't know how to manage.

    As a company, they fire fight, no strategic plan.

    People were managed out there job, who should have been as they were good at there jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Working in Technology at Sky

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    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities and an innovative company.

    Cons

    A lot of different areas of the business work in isolation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on bringing different areas of the business together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Manager with contradictory, sycophantic and child-like attitude, aided in 7 out of team of 10 to leave in space of 1 yr!

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Sky full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Peers were nice to work with...in the short time they were there!
    Free Sky Subscription
    Salary pretty good

    Cons

    Company Politics
    Inexperienced Management
    Contradictory messaging from management
    Nepotism when employing / promoting people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really consider who you employ at middle manager levels...do they have the experience/aptitude to manage people? Do they "Believe in better" or are they self serving?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Very fast paced and enjoyable!

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Things can get done a lot quicker than any other company I've worked for, if you suggest a change, how to implement it and the benefit from it you will get the green light to do it

    Cons

    Not seen any as yet, but there may be times when moving so quickly could be an issue and taking stock of things more beneficial!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep engaging with your staff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A well organised, professional and fun job!

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    Current Employee - Procurement Operations Team Abalyst in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Procurement Operations Team Abalyst in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (free Sky, Healthcare, excellent pension, Christmas Present), Bonus, Excellent salary, always changing, fun!

    Cons

    I have had no negative experience in my time with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. OK

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Sky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surroundings and colleagues were good

    Cons

    jobs for the boys/girls all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get closer to the managers and find out real feelings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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